Stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in Pakistans best interest: Gilani
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that stable united, friendly and peaceful Afghanistan is in Pakistans best interest.
He said that Pakistan wanted independent and sovereign Afghanistan without any external influence.
He said drone attacks inside our boarders are in conflict with the ground realities, impacting negatively on our efforts in controlling radical trends.
Addressing 'National Seminar on De-radicalization here in Swat on Wednesday, he said Pakistan, today, faces multi-dimensional challenges both at external and internal levels.
He said that the challenge of unintended radicalism and consequent terrorism was complex and a real barrier to the common goal of peace and stability.
What we witness today is the consequence of history and has an internal, regional and global context. Without a dispassionate strategy appraisal, we can go wrong in our assessment as well as policy formulation on de-radicalization, he said.
He said that Pakistan security paradigm owed its genesis to traumatic events of United States led Afghan jihad, inept post-cold war handling of Afghanistan by the West, festering regional conflicts and post 9/11 war in Afghanistan.
He said that the prolonged struggle against USSR brought various Jihadi organizations from around the world under one umbrella and encouraged the radicalized ideas and mindsets.
He said that the concept of Jihad, hitherto responsibility of a state, was privatized and politicized. Consequently, Pakistan continued to suffer from its ramifications.
He said that the Post 9/11, Pakistan embarked upon a mission to eliminate terrorism and militancy from its soil.
The PM said that Pakistans Armed Forces carried out successful operations in Swat, Malakand, South Waziristan, Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies against terrorists and militants.
This was done with full support of the nation and in accord with the political will, articulated by the Parliament of Pakistan and a meeting of All Political Parties, he said.
He said that in war against terrorism, the nation has made great sacrifices and achieved tremendous successes.
We lost over 30,000 men, women and children and more than 5000 personnel of the security forces. This phenomenon has not only created the law and order problem in the country but also cost the nation dearly in financial terms as economy has suffered a loss of billions of dollars as a consequence, he said.
About Pakistan role since 2008 at different levels to fight terrorism, he said in line with our own national interest, we are working closely with our global partners to fight terrorists groups and are determined not to allow use of our soil for terrorist activities against anyone.
He said that Pakistan was committed to working in unison with all neighbours for establishment of peace and elimination of terrorism.
He said that Pakistan views India as most important neighbour and desires sustained, substantive and result-oriented process of dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. We sincerely hope that ongoing process of comprehensive engagement will be fruitful. Pakistan would like to resolve all outstanding issues with India in a peaceful and just manner. However, India will have to play more positive and accommodating role and respond to Pakistans legitimate security concerns. India will not find Pakistan lacking in will to write a new chapter in our bilateral relations.
He said that Pak Counter Terrorism Strategy was home-grown and indigenous in character and based on dictates of environment.
We are following a 4 D strategy at National level i.e. Dialogue, Deterrence, Development and Defeating the Terrorists Ideology and Mindset, he said.
He said that Pakistan has come a long way off from where it was in 2001-02.
He said that government galvanized public support against terrorism and gave political ownership to the national struggle against terrorism.
Gilani said that Law Enforcement Operations conducted by the countrys valiant security forces are a success story in arresting militancy, being emulated in Afghanistan as well as elsewhere.
He said that the elimination of radical threat in Swat, once propagated in global media as hub of terrorists, was a significant success.
He said that it included return and rehabilitation of 2.4 million displaced people in a record time.
He said We banned organizations that fomented terrorism and sectarianism in the society. Efforts of our intelligence agencies have led to apprehensions of hundreds of Al-Qaeda operatives and targeting of their leadership.
He said that a National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) was constituted in 2008 to create a database of terrorists and terrorist organizations and coordinate and exchange important information between the federal and provincial civilian agencies and security organizations.
He said that the process of de-radicalization of reconcilable detainees alone cannot pay the dividends unless the hardcore category of apprehended terrorists was awarded exemplary punishment through an appropriate judicial mechanism.
Thus far, such a legal framework was missing, he said.
The PM said that the Anti-Terrorism Act promulgated essentially to tackle law and order situation had no answer for the extraordinary situation confronted today.
He said that he was glad to inform that through elaborate and cooperative efforts of Federal Ministries of Law and Interior, the Chief Minister and the Governor of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, a legal Framework Order has been prepared.
As a first step, this framework, endorsed by the President after approval of the Federal Cabinet, has become a law for FATA and PATA, he said.
He said that the PPP government has taken concrete steps to enhance capacity building of our Para-military forces and police. We have set up community policing system for intelligence gathering and networking arrangement with NADRA to trace terrorists.
He said that Pakistan believed in democracy and pluralism.
He said that a society that strives for equality and dignity was undoubtedly essential for addressing the rage and anger arising from political or economic injustices.
We acknowledge that without these steps, this rage will find new ways of expression, he said.
Gilani said that the government was committed to ensure improved access to physical assets, education, vocational skills, training and other education services that enhance human capital of the poor and enable them to generate better income through gainful employment opportunities.
He said that he must acknowledged the efforts made by Pakistan Army in not just fighting terrorism but in the sphere of rehabilitation as well.
He said that within rehabilitation, de-radicalization was an important part to which the Army has again contributed immensely and provided us a nucleus to build on.
He said that the Swat De-radicalization Programme was, therefore, in my opinion, a model for other relevant organizations to learn from and replicate.
We are aware that without an effective national strategy marked by de-radicalization, we will not succeed fully and comprehensively, he said.
He said that Pakistans efforts in political and military domain for combating terrorism need recognition at international level.
He said that there was a need to bridge trust deficit and allow Pakistan space to maneuver and contribute significantly without international pressure.
He said that cooperation in counter-terrorism warrants a partnership approach which fully accommodates others interests and respect for the clearly stipulated Red Lines.
He said that sustainable success would come from promoting socio-economic development and resolving long standing political disputes.
He said that the global resolve should manifest commitment in addressing root causes that militants exploit as psychological tools.
Working out such a strategy calls for serious and enduring commitment amongst stakeholders. Pursuing narrow interests at the cost of coalition partners and aspirations of people will be self-defeating. Sovereignty and self-respect of partners is to be respected, he said.
He said that the war against extremism and terrorism was a matter of national survival for us.
He said that Pakistan shared global concerns about extremism, militancy and terrorism.
He said Pakistans commitment is total and unwavering. Despite the challenges, the political leadership, Parliament and other state institutions stand united for elimination of terrorism in the country and addressing the socio-economic grievances of our people.